The Jester

2011 • Fantasy/Drama • 11 minutes

Banished by the king, the Jester finds himself homeless and without a sense of purpose. In his defeat, he discovers hope in hopelessness through an unlikely connection with two lost children in the forest.

Director:
Scott Edge

Producer:
Scott Edge, Ed Lowry

Writer:
Ed Lowry

Cast:
Ed Lowry, Margaret Lowry, Campbell Lowry

Awards

The Story

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Of Sires & Children...

The story of “The Jester” is really about the helpless and the helpers.  Life at times can feel desperate.  A resulting sense of rejection and loss can often rise up and drown a soul in sorrow and self-pitty.  What can overcome that inward struggle?  

What if that term “the helpless” refers to someone who can help, but doesn’t. A helpless person.  What if self-worth and confidence come about from helping others in need… what if helping others rises above all other needs?

The Production

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In the medieval era...

Filmed on location in Little Rock, AR, “The Jester” became the second period-piece short film starring Ed Lowry.  Shot in 2 days, SkyGate Studios once again transports audiences to a world beyond the one they know with relatable context.

Woods, lakes, creeks, ravines and a giant castle (that isn’t really there) served as backdrop to this sweeping story written by long-time collaborator Ed Lowry.

Locations

To depict, in-lens, a convencing medieval world required a certain natural aesthetic in our locations.  These were found at Wildwood Park and a scenic valley near the Arkansas River.

Visual Effects

“The Jester” required seemlessly photoreal VFX.  From lighting effects to a giant castle in the distance; from birds and flies to gangrene skin… it all had to be observable but not distracting.

Sound Design

All sound in “The Jester” was completely recreated in post-production.  Folly design, ADR techniques and a library of nature sounds were added to depict the medieval world both inframe and beyond it.

Behind The Scenes

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Image Gallery

Screenshots and photos from the production of “The Jester”.

Credits

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Cast:

The Jester: Ed Lowry Voice of “The King”: Townsend Coleman Little Girl: Margaret Lowry Little Boy: Campbell Lowry Father: Sam Williams Mother: Lori Barton

Crew:

Directed by: Scott Edge Written by: Ed Lowry Produced by: Scott Edge and Ed Lowry Director of Photography: Gabe Mayhan Associate Producer: Katie Parker

Art Department:

Costume Designer: Andrea Lowry Make-Up/Hair: Brooke Duszota 1st Assistant Director: Katie Parker Prop Master: Tom Tull

Sound Department:

Sound Mixer: Doug Osborn Boom Operator: Caroline Osborn

Camera + G&E:

CAMERA DEPARTMENT Camera Operator: Nathan Bollinger 1st Assistant Camera: Katie Bollinger Jib Operator: Thomas Rogers ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT Gaffer: Brent Bailey Best Boy: J.C. Cocker Grips: Jonathan Childs Trey Lange Moe Langford Production Assistants: Jackson Lowry Chris Poindexter Miranda Sink Stephanie Stephens Craft Services: Mona Ford

Post-Production:

Visual Effects: H. Keith Hamilton Film Editor and Sound Designer: Scott Edge Original Score: John Campbell “Of Sires and Children” Written and Performed by: Jason Truby

Special Thanks:

Diane DeFranco-Kling Debi Manire Deana McCormack Terry Williams Paul Zander Sterling College Theatre Department Fellowship Bible Church Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock, AR

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